[verb lev-i-geyt; adjective lev-i-git, -geyt]

verb (used with object), lev·i·gat·ed, lev·i·gat·ing.

to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid.
Chemistry. to make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.


Botany. having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.

Nearby words

  1. levi-montalcini,
  2. levi-montalcini, rita,
  3. leviable,
  4. leviathan,
  5. levier,
  6. levin,
  7. levin tube,
  8. levine,
  9. levine, jack,
  10. levine, james

Origin of levigate

1605–15; < Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre to smooth, pulverize, equivalent to lēv(is) smooth + -igāre v. suffix see fumigate, -ate1

Related formslev·i·ga·tion, nounlev·i·ga·tor, nounun·lev·i·gat·ed, adjective

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verb chem

(tr) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
(tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles


botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
Derived Formslevigation, nounlevigator, noun

Word Origin for levigate

C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth

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